A Major Redesign


Reimagining the Internet

The Dfinity Foundation, a nonprofit organization headquartered in Zurich, Switzerland, wants to allow the creation of apps that can run on the network itself rather than on servers owned by Facebook, Google or Amazon, the MIT Technology Review reports. Can it succeed where others have failed?


What Boycotting Advertisers Want from Facebook

Starting July 1, numerous household names—from Hershey’s to Denny’s—began to pause advertising on Facebook as part of a broader boycott effort over concerns about Facebook’s handling of misinformation and hate speech, SiliconValley.com reports. The backers of the #StopHateforProfit campaign have outlined 10 changes they want Facebook to make, ranging from the ads it allows to run on the platform to the makeup of its leadership team and its content moderation policies.


Fight Covid With a 'Waze for Viruses'

Combating the COVID-19 pandemic will be a long-term battle. One of the best weapons may be a system analogous to Waze, the popular information-sharing app for road traffic), writes Simon Johnson on Project Syndicate. It could provide real-time actionable intelligence regarding where the virus lies in wait.


The New Class of Newsletter Entrepreneurs

The ranks of newsletter entrepreneurs are growing on Substack, Digiday reports. Founded in 2017, the company allows writers to build their own paid subscription businesses, taking a 10 percent cut of revenue.


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What Startups Can Learn from Rejection 

When entrepreneur Leslie Feinzeig took rejection by angel investors and VCs personally, she deprived herself of "the opportunity to learn something about my business that could help me down the line," she writes on Fast Company. She offers a list of reasons why investors pass on startups and the lessons those rejections can teach.


The Encryption Fight in Washington Heats Up

Congress is gearing up for another run at passing encryption laws that proponents say will allow U.S. law enforcement to do its job and security experts say will make everyone’s communications less safe, Axios reports. The Lawful Access to Encrypted Data Act would force makers of devices, platforms and apps to create backdoors so law enforcement can access communications and metadata.


The 'To the Rescue' Programming Language

Rust, a language developed by Mozilla with enthusiastic backers across the software community, wants to save developers from making their biggest mistakes. Rust may have its own issues — it's particularly difficult to learn, for instance — but it's "the industry's best chance for addressing this issue head-on," one supporter told Protocol.


Who Just Sent Nearly $1 Billion in Bitcoin? 

Someone transferred bitcoins worth close to $1 billion on Tuesday morning, a move that everyone could see while the identities of the sender and receiver remain unknown, Vice Motherboard reports. It could belong to a wealthy private individual, an exchange, an investor, or other business that is simply currently unknown.


A Premium Spotify Plan for Couples

Spotify is debuting its newest subscription offering, Premium Duo, which costs $12.99 a month and allows two people who live at the same place to share one plan while maintaining their own accounts, The Verge reports. A Family plan membership is $2 more than Duo and supports up to six accounts.


Keep Your Distance


With Covid-19 cases surging in the U.S. and no vaccine in sight, the need to stay socially distant will be with us for quite a while. So, Mashable compiled a list of some of the best, weirdest, and even scariest social distancing tech available now—including a the six-foot alarm backpack and a pool noodle exoskeleton.